Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED CE.73: Stargazer
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED CE.73: Stargazer was a three episode OVA set in Gundam franchise's Cosmic Era timeline. Taking place during the first months of the Second Bloody Valentine War, and with regular flashbacks to the events of the First Bloody Valentine War, it shows some of the wider implications of the war, and the people that it effected, soldier and civilian alike.The series was broken into three fifteen minute episodes, and followed two distinct plot threads. In the first episode, Project: Stargazer scientist Selene McGriff and her colleagues try to evacuate from Earth to their orbital space station, as the first clashes between Coordinator terrorists, Blue Cosmos fanatics, and their masters in ZAFT and the EA begin rocking the planet. The second episode introduces us to Sven Cal Bayan, a ruthless child soldier raised by Blue Cosmos to fight for the EA. Sven and his teammates Shams Couza and Myudi Holcroft undertake a number of missions for the EA, growing steadily more unbalanced along the way. In the third episode, Selene and Sven's worlds collide with a vengeance when he and an EA task force are dispatched to capture the Stargazer, an experimental mobile suit that Selene has been developing for deep space exploration.Released to decent reviews in the summer of 2006, Stargazer was never translated into English, though it has been subtitled.
Tropes in this series include:
- Action Girl: Selene proves herself one of the best that the CE verse has to offer when she defeats Sven in single combat.
- Badass Normal: The first CE series to revolve around them, with Sven, Shams, and Myudi all being unaugmented humans, albeit ones who have gone through Training from Hell. We also meet Edmond Du Clos, a Natural who manages to take out a ZAFT Mecha-Mook using only his tank.
- Big Bad: The EA as a whole serves as one for the story, giving Sven his orders and targetting Selene and her project for destruction.
- Bigger Bad: Muruta Azrael and Lord Djibril. The former appears once in a flashback. The latter is only spoken of. Regardless, they're the ones who commissioned the supersoldier project in the first place, and set general EA policy, making them responsible for most of what is going on in the setting.
- Bittersweet Ending/Downer Ending: Depending upon whether you think Sven and Selene survived. Either way, the space station is in ruins and a whole lot of people are dead.
- The Cameo: Has cameos from Muruta Azrael, Sting Oakley, Stella Loussier, Neo Roanoke, and The Destroy.
- Dark Is Evil: The black Strike Noir, which in contrast to the red, white and blue Strike (flown by Kira and then La Flaga), and the pink and white Strike Rouge (flown by Cagali), is piloted by Sven.
- Light Is Good: The titular Stargazer Gundam, a white and gray mobile suit that, while primarily built for deep-space exploration, can still use its energy absorption system to attack with beam rings that circle its body. It even has a halo!
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Myudi getting ripped to shred by three BUCUE sound awfully like she was ganged raped.
- During the War: The action that Sven and his team are involved in takes place behind the scenes or just to the side of the major events of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
- Evil Knockoff: The Strike Noir, Verde Buster and Bleu Duel are based on the Strike, Buster, and Duel units used by Kira, Dearka, and Yzak in the original series, and are in the hands of Blue Cosmos pilots.
- Freudian Trio: Sven, Shams, and Myudi form one. Impulsive, sadistic Myudi is the Id, calm, easy going Shams the Ego, and cold-blooded, emotionless Sven the Superego.
- Heroic Neutral: The researcher team that Selene belongs to had no interest in becoming involved in the war, and were working on research into deep space exploration. Blue Cosmos and the Atlantic Federation don't give them a choice, and eventually launch an attack on the station. When that happens, they show just how well they can defend themselves.
- N.G.O. Superpower: Demonstrates the full power of Blue Cosmos better than any other entry in the CE 'verse, showing that they were able to set up fully staffed training facilities, complete with their own researchers, training staff and mobile suits. How much the Atlantic Federation government and EA as a whole helped isn't explained.
- Palette Swap: The Strike Noir, Bleu Duel, and Verde Buster for the original Strike, Duel, and Buster. Justified by being upgraded suits produced by the same company for the same army.
- Primal Fear: Myudi's death manages to evoke both claustrophobia and being eaten alive.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sven and Shams become this following Myudi's death and the latter's Sanity Slippage.
- Space Station: The space station where Selene McGriff and her research team are building the Stargazer.
- Taking You with Me: Selene uses the Stargazer to grab onto Sven's Strike Noir and have the space station launch them both into space.
- Training from Hell: The program Sven attended was based around brutal physical exertion, brainwashing, and combat training, all designed to produce emotionally scarred, obedient soldiers.
- Tykebomb: The program that produced Sven, Shams, and Myudi was another in a long line of Blue Cosmos/EA projects intended to create anti-Coordinator super soldiers. Unlike the various Extended projects, this one tried to do it without drugs.
- Villain Protagonist: Sven, Shams and Myudi are all bad, if sympathetic people, who are working for Blue Cosmos, the most unambiguously evil faction in the 'verse, if not the franchise as a whole.
- War Is Hell: By the end Sven's entire team is dead save for himself, the DSSD is all but wrecked, and Sven and Selene's chances of survival are narrow.
- Western Terrorists: Both Blue Cosmos itself, and the Zala faction radicals from the first episode.